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Black Rhinoceros or Hook-lipped Rhinoceros

Diceros bicornis


The black or hook-lipped rhinoceros is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN Red List. Its populations have been severely affected by poaching for its horn and one subspecies, the western black rhinoceros, has gone extinct because of it. There are 4,880 individuals left in the world. While it used to cover most of East Africa, an early influx of poaching by the first European settlers started its decline. It is known as the hook-lipped rhinoceros due to its prehensile upper lip.


Grassland-woodland transition territories. This individual was spotted just by a river; if you look closely at the first pictures, you can see that it seems to be striped through the middle-- it just came out from wallowing in the mud.


This individual is the largest on the Masai Mara. Nicknamed 'Karambe' by the local Masai tribes that patrol and regulate the area, its ear has been notched to keep track of it. Its horn must have been well over two meters long-- the biggest found on any rhinoceros on the Masai Mara. It's easy to see why this particular rhinoceros might be a target for poachers (the location is very, very not exact).

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33 Comments (1–25)

Desmond.E.S.O 8 years ago

Thanks... Very Interesting :)

duttagupta35504 8 years ago

It is. For more information on rhinoceroses, see my post on them:

Desmond.E.S.O 8 years ago

It's a shame that there are so few of those left, in this world.

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

Exactly my reaction, Wild Things.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


duttagupta35504 9 years ago

Thank you armadeus.4 and Dilan Chaturanga

armadeus.4 9 years ago

A big, belated congratulations on your SOTD duttagupta35504!!! Very well-deserved :)

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Congrats duttagupta!!!

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

Thanks AntonioGinjaGinja!

Great spotting duttagupta35504,congrats on the very well derserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

Thank you so much Kira M. DanielePralong, it is just an honor to be considered among all those amazing SOTDs I've seen in the past year and a half.

Kira M
Kira M 9 years ago

That's an absolutely beautiful photograph and creature! Nice job!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Congrats duttagupta35504! Well deserved.

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

And thank you Benno Ibold.

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

Thanks LuisStevens and Leana Lahom-Cristobal!

Benno Ibold
Benno Ibold 9 years ago

Great cature

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Congrats !

Congratulations duttagupta35504!

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

Thank you SukanyaDatta and Reza!

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago


What a wonderful choice for an SotD, Congratulations Dutta !

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

Thank you so, so, so, so much!!!!!! This is such a huge honor for me. I joined Project Noah around one and a half years ago and it never ceases to amaze me!!
Thank you Sigg and AshleyT! It is often the most beautiful that makes the most fragile...

SG in CR
SG in CR 9 years ago

A well deserved Spotting of the Day.

NoelSal 9 years ago

woow amazing animal!! but is so sad that this make him vulnerable

AshleyT 9 years ago

Congrats, beautiful animal and shot!

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Narok, Kenya

Spotted on Aug 13, 2014
Submitted on Aug 13, 2014

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